Michael Jackson (footballer, born 1973)

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Michael Jackson
Personal information
Full name Michael James Jackson
Date of birth (1973-12-04) 4 December 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Runcorn, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Crewe Alexandra 5 (0)
1993–1997 Bury 125 (9)
1997–2004 Preston North End 251 (17)
2002–2003 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2004–2006 Tranmere Rovers 84 (8)
2006–2008 Blackpool 68 (1)
2008–2010 Shrewsbury Town 21 (2)
Total 560 (37)
Teams managed
2010 Shrewsbury Town (caretaker)
2014 Shrewsbury Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael James Jackson (born 4 December 1973 in Runcorn, Cheshire) is an English former professional football defender. Following his retirement as a player, he held various coaching roles at Shrewsbury Town, including a brief spell as manager in 2014. He is currently assistant manager at Tranmere Rovers.

Playing career[edit]

Jackson started his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra in 1992. During his development at Crewe, Jackson went on to play for his home town club Runcorn FC, during a loan spell and played several key games for Runcorn FC in the GM Vauxhall Conference. He signed for Bury in August 1993 on a free transfer where he stayed until 1997 making 125 league appearances and scoring nine goals. In March 1997 he signed for Preston North End for a fee of £125,000. In seven years at the club, he made 251 league appearances and scored 17 goals. While at Preston, he had a one-month loan spell at Tranmere Rovers from December 2002 to January 2003. Then, in May 2004, he signed for Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer, making 84 appearances in two years at the club.

In June 2006, Jackson joined Blackpool on a free transfer.[1] He scored his first goal for Blackpool on 19 August 2006 in a 4-2 league win at Bristol City.[2] He became an instrumental part of the Blackpool team and captained the side in their promotion to the English Championship in May 2007. Jackson picked up an injury in February 2008 which kept him out for two months before he made a late-season comeback.[3] On 7 May 2008, however, he was released by Blackpool.[4] After his goal against Bristol City in the league he scored further goals against Norwich City in the FA Cup[5] and Southend United in the League Cup.[6]

On 23 June 2008, it was reported that Jackson was about to sign a two-year contract with Shrewsbury Town.[3][7] The deal was completed the following day, along with the club record transfer for Grant Holt.[8] Jackson was a regular in the Shrewsbury side, notably scoring in a 7-0 win over Gillingham,[9] but did not play again after a 3-1 defeat away at Luton Town on 21 February 2009.[10]

It was announced on 13 January 2010 that Jackson had retired from playing due to a persistent knee injury, as a specialist advised him not to risk his long term health by continuing, but he was to remain at the club until the end of the 2009−10 season in a coaching capacity.[11]

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

Jackson continued in his coaching role at Shrewsbury, and was named as caretaker manager for the final match of the 2009−10 season following the dismissal of Paul Simpson.[12] He resumed his coaching role under new manager Graham Turner, and was appointed as caretaker manager again following Turner's resignation on 22 January 2014.[13] He was later given the managerial position on a contract running until the end of the 2013−14 season on 21 February 2014,[14] however he was unable to save Shrewsbury from relegation to League Two. Despite this, the club opted to retain his services as assistant to new manager Micky Mellon, alongside goalkeeping coach Danny Coyne.[15]

After a sequence of only two wins in the opening eleven matches of the 2016−17 season, Jackson left the club by mutual consent, along with Micky Mellon, in October 2016,[16] before once again being appointed as Mellon's assistant at Tranmere Rovers shortly afterwards.[17]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[12][18]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Shrewsbury Town (caretaker) 8 May 2010 8 May 2010 1 0 1 0 000.0
Shrewsbury Town 21 February 2014 3 May 2014 19 3 7 9 015.8
Total 20 3 8 9 015.0




  1. ^ "Profile - Michael Jackson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Bristol City 2-4 Blackpool". BBC. 19 August 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Shrews close in on Jackson deal". BBC Sport. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Retained List Latest". Blackpool F.C. 2008-05-07. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Norwich 3-2 Blackpool (aet)". BBC. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Blackpool 2-1 Southend (aet)". BBC. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shrewsbury Town sign Pool skipper Jackson". Blackpool Gazette. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  8. ^ "Shrews break club record for Holt". BBC Sport. 24 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury 7-0 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Michael Jackson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  11. ^ "Injuries force Jackson to retire". BBC Sport. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  12. ^ a b "Football - Port Vale 1-1 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Michael Jackson to take caretaker charge". BBC Sport. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Mike Jackson named manager for rest of season". BBC Sport. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Micky Mellon appointed as new manager". BBC Sport. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Micky Mellon leaves". Shrewsweb. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "Michael Jackson: Tranmere Rovers appoint new assistant manager". BBC Sport. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "Michael Jackson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 

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